Insecurity: “We can’t continue like this”, Guild of Editors warn

Injustice fueling secessionists’ agitations – Ray Ekpu

The Nigerian Guild of Editors, (NGE), has again weighed in on the security situation in the country, saying Nigeria cannot continue on its current trajectory.

President of the Guild, Mustapha Isah, stated this at the opening of the 17th All Nigeria Editors Conference, organised by the Guild, in Abuja yesterday, which had as its theme: “Media in times of crises: Resolving conflicts, achieving consensus”.

The Guild President also called on media houses in the country to reduce the rate at which they publish activities of terrorists and bandits.

Mustapha Isah urged editors to use their various media outlets in projecting the achievements of the gallant Nigerian military in the battle against insurgency.

Isah urged his colleagues to rise from the conference with a resolve to be part of the solution, adding that the Nigerian media has a rich history of rising up in times of national challenges.

He also called on the relevant security agencies to urgently find the Vanguard newspaper’s National Assembly correspondent, Tordue Henry Salem, who has been missing for over one week.

On his part, the DGSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, who was represented by spokesman of the Service, Dr. Peter Afunanya, charged the media to call “unknown gunmen” by their names.

Chairman of the occasion and Chief Executive Officer of MayFive Media Limited, Ray Ekpu, said Nigeria is faced with leaders who have no respect for the tenets of democracy.

President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo, said “the danger the media face today is between how we write our stories and how politicians from the various divides frame their positions. We should not allow ourselves to be used to deepen the fault-lines”.

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